Quarter of Dales residents are ‘fuel poor’

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The Derbyshire Dales has the highest level of ‘fuel poverty’ in the entire county, with almost a quarter of residents spending more than ten per cent of their household income on energy.

It is believed that factors such as old, traditionally built houses, conservation area rules – which prohibit fitting budget double glazing – and many rural areas being off the main gas grid all impact the figure.

To combat this, a partnership of 12 Derbyshire based organisations have launched the Cheaper Energy Together initiative – a not-for-profit scheme that encourages people in one area to club together and lobby energy companies for cheaper prices.

Mike Shamash, of Cheap Energy Together, said: “If you go to the energy companies on your own it’s very unlikely that you’ll get a good deal. But if there’s 5,000 of you, then you would be amazed at the savings you can generate.”

For more information visit www.cheaperenergytogether.org.

Are you feeling the effects of fuel poverty? Is this an initiative you would consider getting involved with? Let us know by emailing news@matlockmercury.co.uk.